Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Jason Scherer bested another previous King of the Hammers winner Erik Miller for the fastest qualifying time for the 2017 King of the Hammers, but it won’t matter for more than bragging rights because both racers will start side by side Friday morning.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

It was a fast Can-Am UTV race for King of the Hammers, and the off-road community’s fast family, the Campbells, all finished in the top 10, with father Shannon Campbell earning first place, and son Wayland Campbell finishing in second. After leading the race earlier in the day, Bailey Campbell was able to post a top ten finish. History was made with all three Campbell’s finishing in the top 10, which no other racing family can claim.

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Racers battled the qualifying course on Tuesday for this week’s 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Some familiar faces were at the top of the qualifying runs for the premier 4400 class, with two-time KOH Champion and 2016 winner Erik Miller taking top honors with a time of 1 minute, 40.2 seconds.

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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:
Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that the dates have been secured for the 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by Optima Batteries. The 11th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Monday, February 3rd, 2017 and will continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The actual 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2017.  All races from 2016 are expected to return for 2017 including: The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Polaris KOH UTV Race, Klim King of The Motos, and Vision X Shootout.

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Nitto Tire U.S.A. is proud to announce that Team Nitto driver Erik Miller has won the 2016 King of the Hammers race. Miller took home the win alongside Nitto teammates Jason Scherer, Shannon Campbell, and Bailey Campbell at Friday’s race where the team’s Nitto Trail Grappler tires provided them with the reliability and durability they needed to achieve victory.

Erik Miller is unofficially the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

Erik Miller is unofficially the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

After coming so close in recent years, 2012 race winner Erik Miller set a blistering pace today en route to his second victory at the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers. With his win here today in Johnson Valley, Miller now joins elite company, as only Shannon Campbell, Loren Healy and last year’s winner Randy Slawson have earned two wins at KOH.

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Erik Miller posted the fastest qualifying time yesterday. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Racers took to the qualifying course in Johnson Valley yesterday to vie for starting positions for Friday’s main King of the Hammers event. Over 100 racers qualified on day one, with another batch of racers hitting the course again today.

Nick Nelson set the fastest qualifying time and will leave the line first on Friday for the 2014 KOH. Photo: Josh Burns

Nick Nelson set the fastest qualifying time and will leave the line first on Friday for the 2014 KOH. Photo: Josh Burns

After two days of qualifying and last-chance qualifiers, the starting lineup and order is set for the 2014 King of the Hammers. There were 145 racers who left the starting line, with 123 of those posting qualifying times to earn starting positions.

Campbell-Thumb-Ultra-4-Off-Road-7-3-12ATTICA, IN: More than 30 teams competed in the 2nd Annual ULTRA4 race held at Badlands Off-Road Park last Saturday as part of the Ultimate Motorsport Championship in Attica, IN. While the course layout was similar to last year, the dry and dusty conditions of 2012 were replaced with heavy rain and extensive mud.  Thousands of fans braved the wet and mucky conditions for a chance to see some of their favorite ULTRA4 drivers compete in a course that featured a newly created off road amphitheater and a technical rock quarry made even more punishing due to the slick conditions.

Several west coast teams made the trek to Indiana including;  Shannon Campbell, Jesse Haines, Troy Stone, and Nitto Tire drivers Nick Nelson and Loren Healy.  Shannon Campbell, the only two-time King of The Hammers and this year’s 2nd place KOH finisher, laid down a blistering 45 second qualifying time, beating out 2012 King, Erik Miller by 5 seconds.  One second behind Miller was this year’s 3rd place KOH finisher, Chicky Barton.

Ultra-4-Raush-Creek-4-16-13Rausch Creek, PA:  Last weekend’s WIDIA Rausch Creek Qualifier proved to be one of the coldest, wettest races in ULTRA4 history. Heavy rains on Friday produced thick fog and low-visibility conditions, prompting race organizer, Dave Cole to move qualifying to Saturday morning just two hours before the main race.  2010 Rausch Creek Champion, Derek West qualified 4th for the main race behind two former Kings of the Hammers, Shannon Campbell and Erik Miller, as well as 2012’s Rausch Creek winner, Bill Baird. By the second lap, West had worked his way past all three competitors to claim the lead and never looked back.

After just three hours and eighteen minutes, Derek West in his Nitto Tire ULTRA4 car had completed all five grueling laps and claimed the checkered flag beating 2012 King of The Hammers, Erik Miller by less than two minutes. Saturday’s win makes Derek West the only two-time ULTRA4 WIDIA Rausch Creek Champion. Saturday’s win makes West the current leader in the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional ULTRA4 Series.